Whenever anyone says they’re traveling to Vancouver, I whip out a very old entry on my phone — Zakkushi, and wax rhapsodic about the “sizzling skewers of Kushiyaki.” Zakkushi has two locations and on one trip, we ate at...
The first in an occasional series. By now, everyone is familiar with the now overused “Netflix and chill,” (its  “actual” meaning varies based on age, probably). But as streaming and subscription services grow in popularity, more and more options...
It’s no surprise with today’s volatile climate that political discussion, review and comedy seems to have surpassed all other television genres, still expected in the 24-hour news cycle, but now dominating morning shows, and eclipsing any other topical subjects...
On Sunday, August 5, the annual Hare Krishna tradition, Festival of Chariots, will take place. New Dvaraka Temple, on Watseka (just across Venice from Culver City) is the Western World Headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON, informally...
As readers and eaters of Southern California cope with the sudden death of the brilliant food, music, and cultural critic Jonathon Gold, the Catalyst would like to highlight his Culver City-specific work. His 2000 book Counter Intelligence: Where to...
The Netflix original series “Harlan Coben’s Safe,” which debuted this month on the streaming service, marks Michael C. Hall’s return to series television. Hall first came to the attention of television viewers’ in HBO’s watershed “Six-Feet-Under,” as David, the...
Eighth Grade Can a movie about what is arguably the worst year of school be delightful, insightful and impactful? The answer is a resounding yes. Comedian Bo Burnham (find his stand-ups “Make Happy” and “What” on Netflix), writer and director,...
American Animals, currently playing at the Landmark Theaters, just over the Culver City border in West Los Angeles, is the best kind of “based-on-a-true-story” movie. It provides backstory, the “actual” story, as well as a glimpse of the real...
If there’s one thing that U.K. novelist Nick Hornby knows, it’s all-encompassing obsessiveness. The most recent of his books to be turned into a film is “Juliet, Naked.” Both novel and movie cover the lamentations of Annie (Rose Byrne),...
It has been an extraordinary few weeks for Carlson Park bassist Steuart Liebig.* On September 18 Liebig, Arts District guitarist G.E. Stinson, Oakland saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, and New York drummer Jim Black gave an intense performance at the Blue...

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